Saimara, a teen volleyball player in Meriden is known to be very private, but after she discovered she has lupus things have changed for her slightly. Tonight her volleyball team is holding an event–Volleying for a cure–where they will donate proceeds of a 50/50 raffle to the Lupus Foundation of America Connecticut chapter in honor of her. Saimara says “I’ve had lupus for two months and I’d say the first month, if they asked me, I’d have said no…Now that I’m knowing more about it and knowing that people actually really care, I’m really happy.”
“I don’t like talking about it…Now that I’m knowing more about it and knowing that people actually really care, I’m really happy.”
Saimara was first diagnosed when she was brought to the hospital because she was in a lot of pain after her sister accidentally pushed her chair at a party. At the Children’s Hospital in Hartford, they diagnosed her with lupus and tried to explain the disease that she was going through. She was extremely upset and kept a lot about what was going on to herself. “I haven’t talked to anyone since about it except my friends who came to the hospital to see me and my parents. I don’t like talking about it.”
Her attitude has slowly begun to change and she has shared with many more people and hopes to create more awareness about the disease. This is the great silver lining that comes to some when dealing with this awful disease. Saimara seems to be gaining much more personal courage especially knowing all the support that she has to battle lupus.
To read more you can check out the article here. The event is being held tonight at 6:30 when Maloney goes against Middletown at Maloney High School in Meriden.